Volume 7 Issue 220
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Aug-2005 
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Nighttime dying linked to sleep apnea from brain cell loss

Aim to grow old and die peacefully in your sleep? Be careful what you wish for. A new UCLA study suggests that some people die in their sleep because they stop breathing due to a cumulative loss of cells in the brain's breathing command-post. The online edition of Nature Neuroscience reports the findings on 7 August. more  

People are fairly good at judging health risksóbut only when they stick to personal experience

Psychologists have gained insight into how people judge their personal health risks. The findings suggest that people aren't horribly off the mark as long as they do not rely on media reports and stick to what's happened to people they know. The study appears in the current issue of JEP (Journal of Experimental Psychology): Learning, Memory and Cognition, which is published by the American Psychological Association (APA). more

New research offers clues to prevent brain damage in premature babies

Factors that inhibit the brain's natural self-healing process and that may offer new insights into how to prevent brain damage in premature babies have been identified by a team of researchers supported in part by the March of Dimes. The research is published online today in Nature Medicine. more  

Oregon Health & Science University researchers identify key factors that prevent repair of brain damage caused by multiple sclerosis (MS)

Oregon Health & Science University researchers have identified some of the key factors that prevent the repair of brain damage caused by multiple sclerosis (MS), complications of premature birth, and other diseases and conditions. The findings offer important clues about why the nervous system fails to repair itself and suggest ways that at least some forms of brain damage could be reversed. The research is published in the August edition of the scientific journal Nature Medicine. more

Wet combing 4x more effective than chemical treatments for head lice 

Fine combing of wet hair is far more effective than current over the counter chemical treatments for eliminating head lice, shows research published online by the BMJ today. more

Say again? Speakers can avoid confusion for listeners  

If someone told you to "put the apple in the basket on the table," what would you do? Depending on how many apples and baskets are in your kitchen, it might not be clear. Would you move the apple in the basket to the table, or move the apple to the basket on the table? Had the speaker included the word "that's" after the word "apple," it would have eliminated any confusion. more

Lower folic acid level linked with low birth weight

Mothers-to-be with lower levels of the vitamin folate in their body during early pregnancy are more likely to have babies with lower, or less healthy, birth weights, a study has revealed. more

 

Aim to grow old and die peacefully in your sleep? Be careful what you wish for.